You’ve heard us say it before – Chipotle is more than just a job, it’s a career. But did you know we’re also here to help you grow outside the restaurant as well? Meet Daniel and Curtis: a General Manager and Service Manager duo from California and two of our first GED graduates. Since the launch of our partnership with Guild Education last year, it’s easier than ever for Chipotle team members to hit the books and head back to school. The best part? For employees like Daniel and Curtis, earning a GED is just the beginning.
Check out the interview below to see what big things our GED graduates are going to do next. Already inspired? Learn more about Guild’s GED program here.
“I would say that Chipotle is really big on helping people be successful – not only in their careers, but also in their pursuit of knowledge.”
– Daniel, General Manager at Chipotle
Q: How did you first hear about Chipotle’s educational assistance program and their partnership with Guild Education?
Daniel: I first heard about Guild through our communications team and learned more about it at our last manager conference in Las Vegas.
Curtis: I first heard about our partnership with Guild Education through my General Manager. We discussed the best ways to talk about our educational assistance program in our interviews and that is actually where my inspiration started. I found myself really encouraging people to take advantage of the opportunities at Guild in the interviews and speaking with the Crew on my shifts. When I took a second and tried imagining getting my GED within 6 months without any help (and believe me it did not seem possible), I signed up that day. Five months later I had my GED.
Q: Why did you decide to enroll in the program?
Daniel: I decided to enroll to obtain my GED, and then to see what else Guild has to offer.
Curtis: I enrolled because I found it very difficult to start the GED process, I was mostly scared of failing, but I was not going to let that defeat me. I signed up to get more information and the more I read, the more it sounded exactly like the help that I needed: just to motivate me to do better, never give up on what I am passionate for, and, most of all, no matter what DO NOT GIVE UP ON MYSELF.
Q: How has your experience been so far?
Daniel: The experience has been great. The team at Guild really support you to the fullest, its great knowing you have someone cheering you on at all times.
Curtis: My experience with Guild Education has been simply extravagant, I got exactly the help that I needed. For me, it was having a real person on the other side of that phone with the sole job of helping me through my tough times and motivating me to be the very best version of myself. It was beautifully balanced to where I was excited to tell her about my scores and hearing about her whole office rooting for me was just heartwarming and inspiring.
Q: Have you learned anything in your classes that has impacted your career at Chipotle?
Daniel: My time management skills have gotten better. I was able to work the program into a 50-hour work week.
Curtis: Personally, I have used the motivation from Guild, just how they were there to motivate me and push me for the development of my education, to help my coworkers’ development in and outside of work. I want only to make the people around me better and push them out of their comfort zone to show them who they are and help them gain confidence on their journey to becoming the next great leaders.
“I got a taste of the knowledge that I had been longing for. I fully plan on immediately following up with colleges and universities to eventually get my PHD in Biophysics.”
– Curtis, Service Manager at Chipotle
Q: What has it been like going through this experience together?
Daniel: It’s been great. When I first met Curtis, the conversation just came up about how we were both enrolled and happened to be on the same management team. From there, we just pushed each other and would share results.
Curtis: Well I had transferred Chipotle’s during that time and Daniel and myself would always ask each other about the others progress and when they were going to schedule their next test.
Q: You both recently earned your GED. Congrats! What’s next?
Daniel: Thanks! Next, I’m really looking forward to getting into anything that involves graphic design.
Curtis: More! I got a taste of the knowledge that I had been longing for. I fully plan on immediately following up with colleges and universities to eventually get my PHD in Biophysics. I intend to become a professor at some point because I have found that I very much enjoy teaching others, watching them learn from their mistakes, and resiliently push forward to strive to be the best they can be.
Q: What would you say to someone not in school that’s thinking about working at Chipotle?
Daniel: I would say that Chipotle is really big on helping people be successful – not only in their careers, but also in their pursuit of knowledge.
Curtis: I would say do it. I would say that if you plan on going to school at all, for any sort of degree, that Chipotle will teach you things that you can apply to any other job and multiple parts of your own life and help you be the better person that deep down you want to be. If there is anything holding you back from school, I am confident that either Chipotle or Guild can wash away your worries and help remove any obstacle in your way, even if it is actually yourself.